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then began a week long spiritual retreat. benedict's time as pope has been turbulent. in the u.s., church attendance is down, there is a shortage of priests, and legal settlements from the sex abuse scandal have cost billions of dollars. the boston archdiocese has closed dozens of churches, but in one of those, parishioners have staged a sit-in that's been going on now for eight years. here's elaine quijano. >> reporter: every friday night, christine arnold and her 14-year-old triplets sean, scott and christian, arrive for their overnight shift at st. francis church. the triplets have been coming here since they were six years old. would it be weird to not come here on a friday night? >> it wouldn't feel right. >> reporter: why not? >> because, like, this kind of like our second home here. >> reporter: more than 100 prish neshs take shifts, occupying st. francis 24 hours a day, seven days a week. the parish was officially closed in october, the 2004, for having low attendance. the archdiocese claimed it was a financial necessity. the parishioners fear if they leave, the archdiocese will l
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